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Opportunity profile: Delving into the EU’s financial past

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The European Court of Auditors funds research visits to the EU’s historical archives in Florence

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  • Make the case for needing to go to Florence in person.
  • Projects should aim to address current and future issues with a historical perspective.
  • Originality is strongly encouraged, so don’t rely on topics that have been funded before.
  • Don’t worry about criticising the ECA.

For researchers with an interest in the early years of the EU, the Historical Archives of the EU at the European University Institute in Florence are a treasure trove. Since 2007, the European Court of Auditors has funded grants for research on European public finance and the EU budget that would benefit from archive access.

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